A high resolution capture of the artwork Mother and Child. The theme of mother and child was a consistent motif for Hepworth. This version, made a few months before the artist gave birth to triplets, marks a shift in her art towards more abstract forms. It also shows her taking the significant step of separating the child from the body of the mother. The influential critic Adrian Stokes, with whom Hepworth stayed when she first arrived in St Ives, wrote of a similar work, now lost: ‘This is the child which the mother owns with all her weight, a child that is of the block yet separate, beyond her womb yet of her being.


  • Title: Mother and Child
  • Creator: Barbara Hepworth
  • Date Created: 1934
  • Rights: Purchased by Wakefield Corporation in 1951. Barbara Hepworth © Bowness.
  • Medium: Pink Ancaster stone

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